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Priscilla Queen of the Desert at The King's Theatre, Glasgow

Published by: Cameron Lowe on 30th Mar 2016 | View all blogs by Cameron Lowe

Review by Chris Lowe 


If you are looking for an evening of glitz, glamour, hysterical laughter and some deeply moving moments look no further than Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the King’s Theatre Glasgow for this week only!


The story begins with three drag queens Tick/Mitzi (Duncan James), Adam/Felicia (Adam Bailey) and Bernadette (Simon Green) set off on a road trip through Australia from Sydney to Alice Springs to perform a show at a casino. Unknown to Felicia and Bernadette, Mitzi has a wife and son Marion (Naomi Slights) and Benji (Jack Burns/Connor Paton) who reside at the casino. The trio set off on their adventure with a bus they christen Priscilla. Needless to say fun and frolics ensue.


It was an absolute pleasure to watch Simon Green as he played one of the most complex characters of the show (Bernadette). Oozing style and sophistication with a hard exterior but a soft gentle side.


Adam Bailey (Felicia) was by far the most energetic and enthusiastic of the trio. With his care free and almost naive approach to life he is a wonderful display of youth and he is absolutely fearless.


After a successful career in Blue and various TV and Theatre performances, Duncan James gives a very convincing performance as Mitzi. It’s a role that requires the perfect balance of masculinity and femininity; which he managed to achieve.


Another strong performance was delivered by the three divas of the show who performed for the lip syncing drag queens. Played by Lisa-Marie Holmes, Laura Mansell and Catherine Mort their strong and soaring voices left the audience stunned.


Catherine Mort plays another character named Shirley the Bartender. The character is nothing short of a red-neck stereotype with a mullet, poor hygiene and bouncing breasts. The reaction of the audience was priceless. Truly one of the funniest moments of the show.


The ensemble cast could not be faulted in their performance. Great effort and enthusiasm all round.


The costume plot delivers everything that an audience could wish for from a tale of three musical drag queen divas touring Australia in a multi-coloured bus named Priscilla! With a flamboyant display of colour and sparkle they provide a dazzling spectacle.  A true delight to the eyes.


You will find yourself absorbed in the story and falling in love with the three fashionable drag queens. Priscilla is a real feel good musical with lots of excitement and plenty for you to enjoy. I urge you to go see Pricilla Queen of the Desert you will not be disappointed!


Priscilla Queen of The Desert The Musical

King’s Theatre Glasgow

Tue 29 March – Sat 2 April 2016

Tues – Sat eves 7.30pm

Wed, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm

Box Office 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee) Calls cost 7p per min plus your phone company’s access charge (bkg fee)


 Photography by kind permission of Paul Coltas



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